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16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here
Thought Catalog ^ | 11/13/2013 | Michael Koh

Posted on 11/13/2013 9:34:38 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

A lot of people around the world have ideas of what America is like, possibly thanks to Hollywood, or their local news channels, and maybe from what they’ve heard from families and friends. But then, they came here, to the grand old United States and their minds exploded. Taken from Quora.

 

1. Rakib Islam

I am originally from Bangladesh and here are a few things that I find hard to explain to peeps back home.



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2. Triya Bhattacharya

Okay, so I know that there’s loads of answers here, and I couldn’t read all of them, so I’d probably be repeating some points. I’ll mention that I’m from India and that I’m writing from an Indian point of view, and what struck me as unusual based on what notions I’d built up after watching so much Hollywood and TV series.


1 posted on 11/13/2013 9:34:38 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

14 other takes at the link. Things we take for granted freak out those who come here.


2 posted on 11/13/2013 9:35:27 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
America is literally HUGE. My home country is roughly the size of Florida, one of the fifty states.

Each one of those states has its own constitution, legal standards, and tax policies.

3 posted on 11/13/2013 9:39:59 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd
That you cannot purchase alcohol unless you are 21 but can purchase a gun if you are 18.

I knew it. There HAD to be complaining about guuuuuuuuuns!

And in my opinion, the idiot MADD 21-year-old law is nonsense.

4 posted on 11/13/2013 9:40:04 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: Revolting cat!
People don’t really care about the FIFA World Cup even though USA qualifies.

Can you believe it???

5 posted on 11/13/2013 9:40:56 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd

A common theme....

•Obesity and food portion – It is easy to find obese people in USA. Some people are so obese that they require a special electric scooter to carry them around. This sighting can be seen easily in Walmart where obese people use scooters to shop more … food.
•And yes, typical food portion in America is humongous. I can easily share one meal with another guy and do not feel hungry for hours to come.

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lolol. They find that amazing?


6 posted on 11/13/2013 9:41:49 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The woman who mentioned cell phone coverage was right. After paying out the wazoo for the privilege of an iPhone on AT&T, In the UK I pay £30 a month for a Galaxy S3 with unlimited text and data and coverage in Western Europe is 100 time better than I ever had in the states

Here you don’t pay for incoming calls or texts, only the person making the call or text pays.


7 posted on 11/13/2013 9:43:37 AM PST by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: Slings and Arrows
Baby Car seats, Strollers – The extremely confusing rules and regulations that pervade America were already too much, but the emphasis on car seats and strollers was something new. I don’t think there’s any such thing as a car seat in India.


8 posted on 11/13/2013 9:44:27 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Bump


9 posted on 11/13/2013 9:45:50 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Taj Mahal is in Washington DC? Ridiculous, everyone knows Trumph built it in Atlantic City.
10 posted on 11/13/2013 9:45:51 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Responsibility2nd
"America is literally HUGE."

Had a friend from Israel over - he had visited most of Europe, but couldn't stop talking about how immense America is (flying coast-to-coast is not the same feeling you get when looking at a map).

11 posted on 11/13/2013 9:46:01 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Revolting cat!
Incredible wastefulness – I was aghast at the amount of stuff people wasted every single day. Food, electricity, water, paper…in India, we reuse stuff until it can only be thrown away. But on the positive side, recycling is big there, so I guess it is mitigated in part.

I hear that most people in America only use one side of a sheet of toilet paper. Maybe Sheryl Crow is right!

12 posted on 11/13/2013 9:47:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Irish friends wanted to come over and hang out with crazy American rednecks, tear through mud, swamps and woods in a humongous American SUV while drinking beer, and go to a steakhouse in a humongous American Cadillac. That they did, sent pictures to all their friends and relatives, and had a great time in a place they’d never really even heard of but loved enough to want to come back again. America is huge, they said it too, it just goes and goes.


13 posted on 11/13/2013 9:49:54 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Responsibility2nd
I especially liked this comment by the gal from India:

Really nice people! In general also, people were extremely polite, and many just complimented you too!

After living in Japan for 14 years before returning in 2002, I had exactly the opposite impression-- people were so rude!

14 posted on 11/13/2013 9:50:46 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SoCal Pubbie
There are opulent taj mahals in most rat controlled cities. Here in Houston that was the name for the school administrators' building (which they eventually tore down to replace with another structure elsewhere in town).

The UN building in NYC might qualify and they want more land.

15 posted on 11/13/2013 9:54:23 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

That’s just what NYC needs, more third world miscreants with diplomatic immunity.


16 posted on 11/13/2013 9:56:19 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Responsibility2nd

The food portion comment is also a pet peeve of Mrs.JimSea. The lack of world knowledge is common to both USA and Thailand where geography was not taught when she was in school. The traffic is very orderly and polite here in comparison to Thailand or Southeast Asia in total. Most of the other observations are dead on.


17 posted on 11/13/2013 9:56:20 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: Responsibility2nd

This guy misses the irony in his points......

•Yes, you can buy guns without very much of a background check. When I was driving around yesterday I saw a guy walking out of a gun store with a bag, possibly enjoying his purchase of two new pistols. It was great!
•People really are afraid of socialism. This seems to be especially true the less they know about it, or believe it means turning their car in to the state. It also turns into fear of Obamacare being some sort of socialist plot, which is hilarious.

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He thinks owning guns is great - yet he thinks socialism is also great.

If he only knew Obama not only wants Socialism in our healthcare but he also wants Socialism to force us to turn in - not our cars - but our GUNS to the state.

And about that turning in our cars to the state. That is in fact the goal of Obama’s brand of socialism. It began with cash for clunkers and the bailout and takeover of GM. Add in the money they give you to buy a Volt and the Unions and the CAFE standards and a thousand other regulations and you end up with what? That’s right; Socialism in our auto industry.


18 posted on 11/13/2013 9:57:53 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: AnAmericanInEngland

Yeah, I’ve heard the US lags way behind Europe and Japan in cell phone technology.


19 posted on 11/13/2013 9:59:15 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: backwoods-engineer

I don’t know if that’s complaining about guns or the bizarre “phased adulthood” we practice in America. It is really goofy that we make drinking the “final stage” of being an adult and it’s so dramatically delayed from things like buying guns, serving in the military, entering contracts, getting married and driving.


20 posted on 11/13/2013 10:01:21 AM PST by discostu (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
People really are afraid of socialism. This seems to be especially true the less they know about it

Reminds me of Hanoi Jane Fonda's boast that Americans would LOVE to live under Communism if they only truly knew what it was.

And then there is Bill Maher (a self-proclaimed Libertarian) who says that of course Obama had to lie about Obamacare, because Americans are too stupid to accept what's good for them.

It is incremental socialism. And it is as Ronald Reagan predicted in the early 1960s.

Calling those who oppose it "afraid" and worried about conspiratorial "plots" does nothing to say that ISN'T what it is.

21 posted on 11/13/2013 10:04:21 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: discostu

Being eligible to become President comes after drinking age (age 35) and ability to draw on your life savings without facing harsh tax penalties comes even far later.

How about we legalize pot, LSD, and opiates but set minimum age of use at 40?


22 posted on 11/13/2013 10:06:02 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The US lags behind other nations in not being nickled and dimed for services. THAT is the “American” way.


23 posted on 11/13/2013 10:06:43 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JimSEA

I’ve seen restaurants up-serving portion sizes (and prices) over the past decade. You ARE charged for what you are being served.


24 posted on 11/13/2013 10:07:42 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yeah but one of Trumph’s hotels in Atlantic City is CALLED the Taj Mahal!


25 posted on 11/13/2013 10:12:16 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: a fool in paradise

That picture reminds me of my dad’s pickup truck. One bench seat. Dad drove, Mom sat by the door holding the baby, and me and my sister and my two other brothers sat in between.


26 posted on 11/13/2013 10:16:36 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: Responsibility2nd; GeronL
Natalia Rekhter...from Russia

* Every state has a lot of autonomy.
* President doesn’t automatically become the richest person in the country.
* Majority of things in the US aren’t controlled or regulated by the government.
* Some hospitals look like five-star hotels.
* Budgets of some hospitals are equal to h/c budgets of small countries.
* Doctors tell their patients everything.

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The times, they are a changing.

"Write a letter right back and tell him that you believe government economy and fiscal responsibility, that you know governments don’t tax to get the money they need; governments will always find a need for the money they get and that you demand the continuation of our free enterprise system.... If you don’t, this program I promise you, will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country until one day as Normal Thomas said we will wake to find that we have socialism, and if you don’t do this and I don’t do this, one of these days we are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free." Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine

27 posted on 11/13/2013 10:17:06 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd
16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here

Had I my way, I'd move 'em all back where their opinions count.

28 posted on 11/13/2013 10:18:18 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
17. Coffee refills are free.

18. Contents of doggie-bags are not just for doggies. :)

29 posted on 11/13/2013 10:18:46 AM PST by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012: NEVER FORGET.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Some hospitals look like five-star hotels.
Budgets of some hospitals are equal to h/c budgets of small countries.

Some of those same hospitals are regularly visited by the politburo and "dear leaders" of counties with socialized medicine (places where those who CAN afford to travel abroad for health care do so).

30 posted on 11/13/2013 10:18:47 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I have heard a lot of these things from South Asians.

Return Policy - Does not exist back home. Though I hear now merchants are being forced into this as so many Indians have spent time in the US.

Informality at work - Very different from over there

Tipping - Very foreign to them as it does not exist back home (earning the consternation of restaurant waitstaff)

Traffic - very orderly (or at least we don’t have daily 15 car pileups that generally involve an elephant or a camel)


31 posted on 11/13/2013 10:19:46 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Responsibility2nd

btt


32 posted on 11/13/2013 10:21:06 AM PST by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: Churchillspirit; Revolting cat!
I was disappointed to discover there was no doggie in my doggie bag!


33 posted on 11/13/2013 10:21:33 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: immadashell
A lot of people really think a constitution written hundreds of years ago provides written guidance to any issue the nation might be faced with. Then again, a large subset of the same group believes that a book written 2000 years ago provides answers to all problems in life.

He says that like it's a bad thing...

34 posted on 11/13/2013 10:23:28 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

” The real problem was a lack of understanding about the enormity of the country itself, and the vast numbers of people here. America. It’s big.”

Which is why so called “smart growth” density in liberal controlled metropolises isn’t so smart after all. Plenty of space that can still be settled.


35 posted on 11/13/2013 10:25:16 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd
They were also shocked by buffets. My father-in-law told everyone back in Moscow, “No, really! You just pay to enter!”

In Prague I was instructed to wave away the condiments and spices that the waitstaff would try to place on the table after ordering. Salt, pepper, catsup, etc. all add up on your bill. Nickel and dime (actually they could run 50 cents each).

36 posted on 11/13/2013 10:27:41 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Also the cost of childcare in US is astounding because of these things that keep adding up.

Well, International Socialism is going to achieve its population control vision one way or another.

37 posted on 11/13/2013 10:32:47 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Revolting cat!
In downtown Toronto where I live (I believe this still counts for North America) everyone... makes yoga in the park

I hope they clean up after they make yoga in the park.

38 posted on 11/13/2013 10:34:34 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Each one of those states has its own constitution, legal standards, and tax policies.”

And, each one also has an insatiable Federal leviathan nibbling away at its rights and responsibilities, along with that of its citizens.


39 posted on 11/13/2013 10:36:14 AM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: null and void

MILLIONS of people think that the writings of Karl Marx are the greatest revelation of all time and just have never been properly applied in spite of the deaths of over 100 million people in one hundred years’ time.

Then there are the billion+ people who submit to the ravings of a dead conquering warlord and kill, maim, and enslave in his name to this day. Yoking themselves with the excuse that he was the perfect man and they are not to question his wisdom.


40 posted on 11/13/2013 10:37:19 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Some freak out over all the selections at Dunkin Donuts, Wallmart or the grocery stores.


41 posted on 11/13/2013 10:38:56 AM PST by sr4402
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To: AnAmericanInEngland

I was out in the middle of nowhere in Southern Africa. Hadn’t seen a hut in the last several miles. My cell had 5 bars showing. I was amazed.


42 posted on 11/13/2013 10:41:08 AM PST by Gamecock (If you have to be One,be a Big Red One.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Immediate check and taking away empty plates. For me this was incredibly rude as back home you never take the empty plates before everyone who’s dining has finished their meals. Also, back home one asks for the check, so when waiters bring you the check here without you asking can feel very much like you’re being rushed.

Abroad a meal can run two to three hours (mostly spent NOT eating or nibbling, just maybe drinking a cup of coffee or an adult beverage).

Here the waitstaff are apportioned sections in a restaurant. If you aren't buying anything, and you don't know to tip accordingly for tying up a "station", you are denying them a sizeable portion of their daily paycheck. It is considered inconsiderate. If there is no table service and there are not people waiting for tables, it is not an issue.

43 posted on 11/13/2013 10:42:55 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd
McDonald’s not upto the mark ... The burger doesn’t resemble it’s pictures at all.


44 posted on 11/13/2013 10:43:07 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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Tips. why does every meal need to be an algebra exercise when almost always you pay the same percentage?

If you order an appetizer, a soft drink, etc. and others at the table only order "water" and an entree, you should pay more.

The people I always see pushing for "flat rate" are those who got the extras. Some people budget their meal expenses.

45 posted on 11/13/2013 10:44:54 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: discostu
A lot of those answers were duplicated word-for-word.

Many liberal “talking points”. Our fear of socialism, how we drive everywhere, how fat we are - insurance was a big topic as well.

I suggest individual answers were written on a piece of paper, tossed into a hat, shaken, then pulled at random by the one person who also pulled different ethnic names from another hat...

46 posted on 11/13/2013 10:45:24 AM PST by KittenClaws ( Normalcy Bias. Do you have it?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I don’t know where this person has been, but I do NOT see the flag everywhere, and I really think that American patriotism is not substantially different from patriotism in many other countries. And I find the “cookie-cutter” homes thing a very tired and boring Leftist refrain. Actually, America has a very wide variety of homes. As far as similarities are concerned, EVERY culture has a dominant style in a particular era.


47 posted on 11/13/2013 10:49:07 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Responsibility2nd

Need 16 Americans to write on the topic:
“Things I couldn’t believe about immigrants until they moved here”


48 posted on 11/13/2013 10:49:35 AM PST by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: Responsibility2nd; Revolting cat!
He is in awe (and it’s made me in awe) of the rich musical history of the U. S. He thinks the African American contribution to culture is one of our country’s greatest gems.

Was true once upon a time. The significant contributions have been on the wane since 1970. Today the supposed role models are Oprah, Obama, Jay-Z, Puff Diddy, Russell Simmons, Danny Glover, Samuel Jackson, Jamie Foxx, etc.

Not a lot of likeable persons in that group (of "music" or "cultural") icons.

49 posted on 11/13/2013 10:50:24 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: discostu
It is really goofy that we make drinking the “final stage” of being an adult

Actually, I would say that renting a car is the "final stage of becoming an adult.

50 posted on 11/13/2013 10:50:51 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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